- 12:01 am Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 by Michael Carvell
Evander Holyfield, the five-time world heavyweight champion, just smiled when asked about his new title: Father of one of Georgia’s top football prospects for next year.
Elijah Holyfield is a 4-star running back from Woodward Academy high school who has nearly 30 early scholarship offers.
Boxing and football are two different sports, but the celebrity father and son have a lot in common with their approach to them.
“Elijah is in good shape,” Evander told the AJC. “He’s one of those kids that does the proper things. He loves working hard. When I was a kid, I loved working hard. He’s the same [More]
- 12:01 am Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 by Michael Carvell
Christian Owens was the first commitment for UGA’s 2015 football recruiting class, pledging to the Bulldogs more than 18 months ago.
A lot has happened at UGA with the WR position since Owens made his early decision. The Bulldogs now have commitments from at least five prospects who will play wide receiver in college, and they could add a sixth with Greater Atlanta Christian high school’s Darius Slayton.
Christian Owens is a 6-foot-5, 200-pound wide receiver from Griffin High School. Here are five questions with Owens:
What’s the latest with recruiting? “I’m solid with UGA. I really haven’t been hearing anything from any [More]
- 4:42 pm Monday, October 20th, 2014 by Michael Carvell
Jimbo Fisher abruptly ended an interview session with reporters on Monday after he was asked questions about Jameis Winston’s off-the-field issues, per CBSSports.com.
The Florida State coach initially fielded questions while he was in Alabama for a meeting of the Birmingham Quarterback Club.
Fisher clammed up after he was asked a reasonable question – whether it’s fair his reputation has taken a hit defending his quarterback.
“Why is my reputation taking a hit? For backing a kid who has done nothing wrong?” Fisher said. “I don’t want to get into this. The questions weren’t supposed to be asked today. I’m done. I’m done.”
- 12:45 am Monday, October 20th, 2014 by Michael Carvell
You want to hear a good recruiting story? Check out “Burying a 30-year-old UGA hatchet” by the Albany Herald’s Carlton Fletcher.
It finishes with an apology – more than three decades later – from former UGA coach Ray Goff.
It started with Tift County High School winning the 1983 state championship and having seven seniors sign D1 scholarships. Surprisingly, none were recruited by UGA. On signing day that year, Fletcher (then with the Tifton Gazette) called the Bulldogs to inquire why no Tift players were recruited.
Goff, who played at a nearby rival (Colquitt County High School), was in charge of UGA’s [More]
- 4:12 pm Sunday, October 19th, 2014 by Michael Carvell
Quaide Weimerskirch, a 3-star running back from Florida, has switched his committed from Louisiana-Lafayette to Georgia Tech.
“It’s a great school,” Weimerskirch told the AJC. “They’ve got good academics, and a good football team. This was the offer that I had been waiting on. Everything happened pretty quickly because I wanted to go ahead and lock the spot down.”
The 6-foot, 200-pounder committed to Louisiana-Lafayette last July but continued flirting with Georgia Tech. Everything got intense after the Yellow Jackets finally extended a scholarship offer last Thursday.
“I had to do some things with Louisiana-Lafayette before I officially committed and put it out [More]
- 11:00 pm Thursday, October 16th, 2014 by Michael Carvell
There’s some double trouble headed to Georgia Tech next season.
Brad and Scott Morgan, fraternal twin offensive linemen from Etowah High School, both committed to Georgia Tech this past summer.
“It was just the fact it was Georgia Tech — You couldn’t turn it down,” Brad told the AJC this week. “It was just 30 minutes from our house. Compared to Minnesota and Marshall, those schools were seven hours or more from our house. Georgia Tech was hard to beat. I think we made a great decision to go there.”
The 3-star twins never considered splitting apart for college ball. They were always [More]
- 3:14 am Thursday, October 16th, 2014 by Michael Carvell
UGA was edged out by Tennessee for 4-star defensive back Micah Abernathy, but the Bulldogs still have a good chance at his Greater Atlanta Christian high school teammate who is rated higher by the recruiting experts.
GAC’s Darius Slayton is rated as the state’s No. 16 overall prospect, per the 247sports.com composite rankings. The 6-foot-2, 180-pounder has taken an official visit to UGA. Auburn is considered to be the biggest contender of the Bulldogs, while South Carolina is also in the race.
Slayton, who will most likely play wide receiver in college but could also get looks at defensive back, told [More]
- 3:13 am Thursday, October 16th, 2014 by Michael Carvell
UGA has officially re-entered the sweepstakes for Adonis Thomas, the 4-star linebacker who is committed to the Florida Gators.
This past summer, the Central Gwinnett High School senior picked Florida over Alabama.
However, due to all the speculation over Florida coach Will Muschamp’s future with the Gators, Thomas is still communicating with other colleges as a precaution.
UGA defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt called Thomas last week.
“He just told me that Coach Pruitt called him and was checking into his situation,” Central Gwinnett coach Todd Wofford told the AJC. “And (Pruitt) basically said that they (UGA) hadn’t heard from him, and they didn’t [More]
- 12:10 pm Monday, October 13th, 2014 by Michael Carvell
Josh Sweat, the nation’s No. 1 college football prospect, will indeed take his official visit to UGA.
The 6-foot-5, 240-pound defensive end from Chesapeake, Va., was originally scheduled to take a recruiting trip to UGA a couple of weeks ago. But Sweat postponed after suffering a season-ending knee injury in his high school game.
Sweat has rescheduled his UGA visit for the Nov. 15 game against Auburn, according to 247sports.com’s Rusty Mansell.
The Bulldogs are considered a long shot for Sweat, with Florida State and Virginia Tech as the rumored leaders. He is also looking at UGA, Tennessee and Ohio State.
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- 2:52 pm Saturday, October 11th, 2014 by Michael Carvell
E’Torrion Wilridge, a 3-star swingman from Texas, committed to UGA on Saturday.
The 6-foot-6, 170-pound senior from Beaumont, Texas, also had offers from Iowa State, Marquette, Oklahoma and Auburn, per his 247sports profile. He’s rated as the No. 15 overall prospect out of Texas for 2015.
UGA now has two commits for 2015, with the other being William Jackson, a 3-star point guard from Athens Christian. Jackson was originally committed to UConn.
RELATED: Maya Benham, a guard from Osborne High School, has committed to Cincinnati, per her AAU coach Tonya Jackson of the Douglasville Lady Tigers … Nikira Goings, another senior guard from [More]